Talking About Mercury Amalgam Fillings…

Posted on Friday, March 12th, 2010

One of the great ironies of life is that as our sense of safety increases, we often wind up taking more risks. For instance, as football helmets have been modified over the years, play has gotten rougher and more concussions occur. As sportswriter Dave Zirin put it in an interview on Democracy Now!, “Ironically, the […]


Restoring a Tooth: How CAD-CAM Crowns Are Made

Posted on Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Note: Audio may drop out midway through parts 2 and 3.   To learn more about CAD-CAM restorations – how they’re made and how they’re used – and to see before and after pictures of teeth restored with them, read Dr. Verigin’s article “No More Metal!: The Superiority of […]


71 Repairs to a Single Tooth? Way Too Much Dentistry!

Posted on Monday, January 11th, 2010

Via UPI: GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Dec. 30 (UPI) — Swedish authorities said a dentist accused of malpractice by a patient who had the same tooth repaired 71 times may not ever have been licensed to practice. The Gothenburg dentist was reported to the Swedish Medical Responsibility Board by two patients, including one who said the dentist […]


Why You Need to Read Beyond the Headline

Posted on Monday, November 16th, 2009

Another week, another hmmm-inducing headline to add to our collection (see items 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6), this time courtesy of a media release posted on Medical News Today:     Amid the on-going controversy over the safety of mercury-containing dental fillings, a University of Saskatchewan research team has shed new light on […]


Why a Dental Mercury Ban Should Be Part of Health Care Reform

Posted on Friday, September 4th, 2009

There’s one more commentary on the recent FDA mercury ruling that we’d like to draw your attention to, as it nicely shows the tension between the stated philosophy of the Obama/Biden health care reform plan and goings-on at the FDA. An excerpt: The government seems to be speaking out of both sides of its mouth, […]


From Lead Fillings to Nontoxic Restorations: A Bit of Dental History

Posted on Monday, August 17th, 2009

Dentistry got its start more than 8000 years ago, and it’s come a long way since then, as you can see through this brief pictorial history of dentistry that we recently ran across at dentalassistant.net:   Some Images from the Gallery         But this history focuses overwhelmingly on the tools dentists have […]


Dental “Secrets” That Aren’t Really So Secret

Posted on Friday, August 14th, 2009

Among the “50 Secrets from Your Dentist” recently featured in Reader’s Digest, we find some excellent, concise statements that pound home some key points about dental health and hygiene – points that bear repeating. Some truly educated people think that if nothing in their mouth hurts, they’re fine. High cholesterol doesn’t hurt, either, but it’s […]


Making Crowns and Bridges Last Longer

Posted on Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Over the past decade, great strides have been made in improving the strength and durability of crowns, bridges and other dental restorations. And with new generation, biocompatible materials and computer-aided design and manufacture (CAD-CAM), these restorations have become more tooth-like than ever.       Advances in cements and cementation procedures have also helped improve […]



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